I’ll confess when this cover came across my desk, I had only heard The Beatles‘ cover of Chuck Berry‘s ‘Too Much Monkey Business’, and presumed that singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby’s cover would be of a similar vein. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Hornsby delivers the main lyric in an almost spoken-word style, and the mix brings the beat of the song to the forefront. This combined with the song being slowed down slightly gives it a real 90s hip-hop vibe; you’d swear the piano interventions were samples from a jazz album you’d never heard of. This change of style totally suits the track. Hornsby’s delivery turns the tone of the song from being annoyed at all of the nonsense to it almost becoming a tale of his life experience.
This track will be on Hornsby’s new album, ‘Flicted, out May 27th. In the meantime, check out the cover below.